Blazing Star: The Life and Times of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester

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John Wilmots life was short in years but long on scandal. Best remembered as the author of some of the most explicit verse in the English language, he had, by the time he died of syphilis at 33, swived more whores more ways than Sodoms walls. This comprehensive biography reveals another Rochester: a devoted if inconstant husband and father, a courageous naval officer, and a poet of deep intellectual curiosity.

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'Insightful and illuminating ... engagingly partisan and elegantly informative' The Times.

'An informative and enlightening biography' The Sunday Times.

'This racy tale is told in scholarly but lively detail by Alex Larman in a beautifully written first book' Daily Express.

'The most comprehensive portrait of Rochester yet' Daily Mail.

'Very good, assiduously researched and well written' Scotland on Sunday.

'Challenges the accepted wisdom that has prevailed for centuries that Wilmot was a dastardly blighter in his conduct and a pornographer in his poetry, painting instead a portrait of one of English literature's brightest lights who died, as bright lights do, far too young' Good Book Guide.

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Alex Larman is a freelance journalist who has written for the TLS, the Guardian, and the New Statesman, as well as the Spectator and the Observer. He has also written a radio play.

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